Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance
Show Less

Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance

Edited by Stephen Elstub and Oliver Escobar

Democratic innovations are proliferating in politics, governance, policy, and public administration. These new processes of public participation are reimagining the relationship between citizens and institutions. This Handbook advances understanding of democratic innovations, in theory and practice, by critically reviewing their importance throughout the world. The overarching themes are a focus on citizens and their relationship to these innovations, and the resulting effects on political equality. The Handbook therefore offers a definitive overview of existing research on democratic innovations, while also setting the agenda for future research and practice.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 18: Journalists: the role of the media in democratic innovation

Gianfranco Pomatto

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the relationship between media and democratic innovation. The few existing empirical investigations of this topic suggest that the level of attention of the media towards democratic innovations cannot be taken for granted, and that the quality of coverage is highly variable. This can be explained in light of the several structural factors that influence the mainstream media: media logic, concentrated ownership and commercialisation, some characteristics of the political system and the journalistic culture. Alternative journalistic movements, inspired by deliberative and participatory perspectives, appear to be promising for democratic innovation; however, they are minoritarian movements, and their impact on the media system is currently limited. Four complementary strategies are presented in the conclusion that could be pursued by policy makers, journalists and actors in the field of democratic innovation to enhance the level of attention of the media and the quality coverage of democratic innovation processes.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.


Further information

or login to access all content.